How To Enable or Disable Windows Startup Programs [Windows 10 & 7]

How To Enable or Disable Windows Startup Programs [Windows 10 & 7]

If your Windows computer is taking time to boot, it’s time to disable Windows startup programs and boost start up time. Windows boot time is gradually getting better with every version of Windows. From booting up within a couple of minutes (Windows XP) to booting up in seconds. Windows 10 boot time is better than ever. Windows boot time not only depends on the hardware but also on the programs that are set to load during Windows boot.

If you have a lot of items added to startup programs, the Windows booting gets slower. Removing unwanted startup programs is an excellent way to reduce boot time.

What are startup Programs?

Startup programs are the apps, softwares, shortcuts, folders, drivers, etc… that are set to run or open automatically when you start Windows computer. These startup programs are added by either the programs or drivers installed, or manually by you.

How To Enable or Disable Windows Startup Programs?

It is common for most of third-party programs to add themselves to the startup list as a result your computer boot time increases. Not everything that adds itself into startup items is really necessary. While some of the startup programs are useful and disabling them effects functioning of your computer. Some of the important apps are sound card, network adapter, security firewall, touch pad or cloud syncing. The more software you install on your computer, chances are you might have long list of startup programs. As a result Windows boot time increase and it takes longer to start up Windows. If you want to boost Windows boot time, disable Windows startup programs.

Note: As with anything, be careful not to disable anything important like sound card or network adapter software.
When in doubt, leave it alone.

Manage or Disable Startup programs in Windows 7

On your keyboard press windows key and tap on alphabet R. You will see a command prompt. In command prompt type msconfig and hit Enter. You will see MSCOnfig window on your screen. Under the Startup tab you will be able to enable, disable or remove the startup entries.

Disable Windows Startup Programs in Windows 7

Removing startup programs using Task Manager in Windows 10

You can change startup programs in Task Manager. To launch it, simultaneously press Ctrl > Alt > Del on your keyboard and choose Task Manager from the menu that appears. Alternatively, right-click the Start Menu icon and choose Task Manager.

Windows 10 Task Manager

When the utility is first launched it will default to the programs that are currently running on your system. To access the information you need move the cursor down to the bottom left corner where it says More details and click on it.

Now you’ll see a list of information displayed, including background processes and the resources that they are currently using. To find the startup items click on the tab along the top that is marked Startup. This displays a list of everything that can load when you turn on your machine.

Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10
It’s important to note the Status column, as not everything on the list is actually enabled. If an item it marked as Disabled then you can ignore it as it will not load in the startup sequence. To simplify matters click on the Status column so that it sorts the items into groups of enabled and disabled apps.

If you see any apps that you don’t want as part of your startup sequence then it is very easy to remove them. Simply right click on the relevant app, then select the Disable option from the pop up menu. The app will remain in the list, but will no longer launch automatically when you turn on your machine. To enable it again just right click on it and select Enable. Remember that you’ll need to reboot your machine for these processes to take effect.

How to Change Windows 10 Default Apps?

How to Change Windows 10 Default Apps?

How to change Windows 10 default Apps step by step tutorial. You may have different types of files on your computer, and probably multiple programs that can open those files. But, Microsoft has built-in Apps to open just about any file you want to open or task you want to complete. Also, Windows made it easy for users to open any files by setting default programs for each file type. But, What if you don’t like Windows 10 default apps for any particular file type? You might have your personal preferences when it comes to view or open any file types. For example you don’t want all your videos to open with Film & TV instead VLC player. Or you don’t want websites to open with Microsft Edge instead Chrome. Well, you can easily change these defaults Apps to your preferred programes or Apps in Windows 10. Here’s how you can change Windows 10 default Apps of your choice.

Change Windows 10 Default Apps

With Windows 10, you can easily and quickly change or switch your default Apps. These could be for your web browser, reading email, viewing photos, playing musicor videos and more. Follow the step below to make changes in default Apps of Windows 10.

1. Go to PC Settings. There are two ways you can do that. Click on Windows logo at the bottom left your computer screen then select Settings. Also, you can click on Notification icon at the bottom right and select All Settings.

2. In PC Settings, click on System and then on Default Apps.

3. Here, you can see some of the different applications with pre-selected Windows Apps or customized. You can change the defaults of these programmes. Click the current default app to see a pop-up menu which will display all possible apps you can use, or a link to the Windows Store.

Change Windows 10 Default Apps

If you don’t see the app you want to use (and it’s not an app from the Windows Store) skip to step 5. If you scroll down you will see several other options. All of those options are described below.

Choose Defaults Apps by File Type

If you want to change Windows 10 default apps by file type, you can use this option. When you select choose defaults by file type, you will get a long list of file types (Extension) and Apps to open them. Here, you can select the default App to open a particular file type. You can also select different application for same file of different extension. For example, instead of using one program to open all photo files, you can use different programs to open JPEGs and PNGs separately. Find the file type you want to change the default app for and click on the default apps. In the pop-up menu you can choose the application to be set as default for that file type.

Change Windows 10 Default Apps

Manage Launch Options by Protocol

You can use this feature to select default applications for listed requests. For example, which app you want to set as default to open calculator or Alarms & Clock of phone etc. Find the protocol you want to change the default app for, click the current default app, and choose the app you want to use from the pop-up menu. You can go through these protocols, you will find all the options.

Change Default Apps By Protcol

Set Defaults By Apps

With this option you can switch to Windows 7 style default apps settings screen. It is the last but most extensive method of managing defaults apps for files types. Find the programes you want to use or make changes and select it. Then click on Set this program as default or Choose defaults for this program. When you selct Set this program as default, the application will be set as default for all file types or protocol it’s capable of opening. If you select Choose defaults for this program, you can choose individual file extensions and protocols from the list.

You can always reset all these configration to default by clicking on Reset under Reset to the Microsoft recommended defaults. This will change Windows 10 default apps to its default state. The default app you choose will only apply to your account and won’t affect other accounts on the PC.